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The McLaren Senna
MAXIM - For all the work McLaren Automotive has done in recent years to climb the supercar hierarchy, its reputation is still based on its success on the track. Worldwide, the brand is associated not only with Formula 1 but also the most celebrated driver of modern times, the late Ayrton Senna. So it’s natural that the British automaker’s most performance-obsessed supercar is named ater the Brazilian Formula 1 icon.

The McLaren Senna is an evolution of the groundbreaking 720S, starting with the Monocage III, a modified take on the company’s carbon-iber monocoque, which provides immense strength and rigidity despite its minimal weight. Each of the 500 vehicles will be given an upgraded iteration of the 720S’s 4.0-liter use a compact custom case that brings the transmission four inches closer to the engine, leaving room for a longer rear swingarm and allowing for better suspension compliance and traction.The Founder’s Edition Titanium could be one of the world’s most exclusive bikes. This model truly lives up to Ecosse’s motto: sculptural industrial motorcycles. —Dan Carney twin-turbocharged V-8, tweaked to produce 789 horsepower, with all its power sent to the car’s rear wheels. The power plant is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, while next-generation Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes provide brickwall levels of stopping power. (The Carbon Theme version shown below features extra carbon-iber outitting and is painted with the colors of Senna’s iconic helmet.)

Whereas most of McLaren’s road cars balance performance and aesthetics, here McLaren’s design team focused entirely on aerodynamics. The Senna’s body is designed to improve airlow, both into the engine for power and along the exterior for maximum grip. The result is unapologetically brash and aggressive, with air intakes and vents strategically placed around the body and a massive rear wing.

All but one of the 500 units were quickly scooped up at a price just north of a million dollars, with the irst deliveries scheduled for later this year. The 500th Senna was auctioned of at the McLaren Winter Ball, where the car was formally debuted, and the money went to the Ayrton Senna Institute. The charity, formed by the late racer’s sister, provides educational assistance to some 2 million children in Brazil’s underprivileged areas. A righteous cause indeed. —Keith Gordon (MAXIM USA)
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Apollo Intensa Emozione

The bespoke automaker’s latest release is a pavement-shaking technological marvel

MAXIM - Restricted to a limited run of 10 units, the Apollo Intensa Emozione is an example of a highly anticipated car coming not from monstrous companies with historical legacies (think Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche) but from smaller bespoke auto builders like the Germany-based Apollo, which was formed when custom-supercar maker Gumpert was acquired by a Hong Kong investor in 2014.

The IE is a masterwork in weight reduction. Apollo uses the latest in advanced technologies and materials to minimize weight; the result is a carbon-iber chassis that allows for incredible torsional rigidity. It features a monocoque for safety—also made from carbon iber—which is similar to those found in Formula 1 cars. The entire chassis weighs just 231 pounds. All 10 units are spoken for, at a price of $2.85 million each.

The IE’s design is heavily focused on aerodynamics. The body takes inspiration from next-gen ighter jets and sharks alike to ind the most aero-eicient exterior. The narrow, teardrop-shaped glass cockpit helps conduct air over these aggressive body panels, and when combined with the dramatic rear spine, wing mounts, and curved wing, the IE can summon over 2,970 pounds of downforce.

Apollo Intensa Emozione
The car features Formula 1–inspired double-wishbone suspension, with full pushrod and rocker arm designs at front and back, plus the adjustable anti-roll bars usually reserved for racers with a number and sponsors on the livery. Three modes (Auto, Comfort, and Sport) give drivers the ability to customize their IE for that day’s drive, while an electrohydraulic liter system helps on speed bumps and potholes. 

The naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V-12 engine eschews such aids as turbos or hybrid systems. Buyers can choose between Wet, Sport, or Track modes, unleashing more than 780 horsepower, 760 newton meters of torque, and 9,000 rpm. Signiicantly lighter than the standard dual-clutch transmission but with similarly quick gear changes, the Hewland sequential six-speed gearbox uses electropneumatic paddle shiters, enabling drivers to keep both hands on the wheel while cycling up and down through the gears. Powerful engine, ingenious aerodynamics, lightning-quick gear shits—Apollo has landed. —Keith Gordon (Maxim USA)
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Heidi Klum

Text by Priya Rao

After a storied career on the catwalk, Heidi Klum has proven she can do it all —producing, hosting, judging, designing—without so much as a hair out of place. And she’s just getting started. (The Mogul Model)

Though Maxim magazine is a purveyor of beautiful women, namely beautiful models, it would be a mistake to categorize cover star Heidi Klum as just another pretty face (her dangerous curves are a welcome bonus). The 44-year-old trades more on her savvy smarts than anything else these days. She’s a household name around the world not only because of her Victoria’s Secret tenure and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover of her in her 20s, but also her turns on Project Runway (which she hosts and executive produces), America’s Got Talent (which she judges), and Germany’s Next Topmodel (which she executive produces, hosts, and judges).

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Add in the fact that she’s the creative director of her relatable lingerie (Heidi Klum Intimates) and swimwear (Heidi Klum Swim) lines, as well as her fashion collections for supermarket brand Lidl, and it’s clear that the word mogul, not model, best describes her.

And Klum isn’t just slapping her enviable visage on products or shows for the sake of it, as some celebrities do—she actually thrives on being a “multi-hyphenate,” a welcome moniker for women in 2018 especially. “I can’t do things halfway…it’s not how I’m wired,” she says. “It’s important to be fully involved with things that I attach my name to, whether it’s a TV show or a line of clothing that I’m designing. I ind it exciting to see something through from an idea to a inished product—sometimes it’s a bit of a puzzle to igure out how to bring a concept to life, and I enjoy that challenge.”

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Born and raised in the small town of Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, outside of Cologne, Klum always had her eyes on bigger things—namely designing. She was accepted into fashion school in Düsseldorf, but a luke modeling competition in 1992 set her on a diferent successful path. “I never lost my interest and passion for designing,” she says. “It just took a bit of a backseat.” Today, her collections for Lidl are sold in over 10,000 stores in 28 countries, and she has graduated from Forbes’ top-paid models list to become one of the highest-paid television hosts, earning a whopping $21 million in 2017.

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But it’s not just designing prowess or business acumen that makes Klum a star we all want to root for—it’s her charming likability and fearlessness. “Conidence is sexy. There’s something alluring about a person that just seems at ease and comfortable with themselves,” she says. “It’s something we should all strive for.

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”Granted, this is something Klum has learned over her many years in the modeling and entertainment industries, even as she remains so brightly primed for the spotlight. “My nose would grow like Pinocchio’s if I said that I didn’t feel some pressure about aging, as I am constantly asked about it,” she says. “I’m in the public eye, and there’s more scrutiny because of that. I can look at photos of when I was 24, and of course I am going to look diferent now at 44 and having had four children—but, again, it’s about being comfortable with yourself and what you see in the mirror. I’m not trying to hold on to the past or searching for a fountain of youth. We are all going to age, so I’m trying to embrace that, but not without a bit of fight.”

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How Klum keeps her composure while doing it all is a mystery, but she appreciates that life continues to be “messy.” “You just hope for the best,” she says. “You try to juggle and hope you don’t drop a ball. If I do, I don’t beat myself up for it—I pick it up and try again.

“The enjoyment is really in the journey and not just at the destination,” she continues. “If I could go back in time, I would appreciate each moment more. When I was younger, I was always looking ahead and how to get there faster. Now I wish I had really been more present during each moment to fully enjoy and savor them.” (Maxim USA)

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*Jacket, PHILIPP PLEIN. Earrings, HOUSE OF EMMANUELE. Bracelets and boots, CHROME HEARTS
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A new blend by Moët & Chandon is the truest expression of the house’s range

Text by Jake Emen

Hidden among the estimated 100 million bottles stashed away in Moët & Chandon’s sprawling subterranean wine cellars is a Champagne like no other, the hard-earned result of a project two decades in the making. It’s what chef de cave Benoît Gouez refers to as his “state of the art”
blend—MCIII.

He calls the release the ultimate expression of Moët’s range, incorporating a complicated mix of components representing three forms of Champagne maturation: chardonnay and pinot noir from 2003, aged in stainless steel; Moët’s showcase 1998, 2000, and 2002 Grand Vintages, partially matured in large oak casks; and last but perhaps most exciting, Moët’s 1993, 1998, and 1999 Grand Vintages, matured in bottle and then disgorged before incorporation.

“It’s not just a Champagne; it’s a wine from Champagne,” Gouez says, referring to its possession of the complexity and character you’d seek out in the inest oferings from any premier region. It unfolds sip by sip, layer by layer, with Moët’s signature bright, fruity notes complemented by a luscious and unparalleled well-roundedness.

MCIII first appeared several years ago, but is now available for the irst time in magnums. Gouez always defers to the magnum if given the chance, so much so that he refers to regular-size bottles merely as half magnums. And the large format isn’t the maison’s only new ofering this year, either. The 2009 Grand Vintage, the third vintage Gouez has created and seen all the way through to release since assuming his current role in 2005, is now on store shelves as well.

How is it, then, that certain years ascend to vintage status? “A vintage needs to have personality,”Gouez says, further describing it as an emotional rather than rational experience. “It’s more a matter of seduction.”

Alongside the 2009, Gouez has rereleased the 2002 Grand Vintage, now with 15 years of maturation
as opposed to the seven years Moët typically matures its vintages. “I consider it to be the older brother of the 2009,” Gouez says. So what better way to appreciate the two than together? “They have the same genetics. They’re diferent individuals in the same family.”

Moët isn’t the only house making an impact with noteworthy releases this year. Check out Besserat de Bellefon’s Cuvée des Moines Brut Millésime 2008, or blend of the monks, featuring the brand’s signature reduced-dosage winemaking technique, which makes a bottle of its bubbly a great mealtime companion. And just in time for summer, G.H. Mumm has unveiled its Grand Cordon Rosé, with an eye-catching, label-free bottle indented with its signature red ribbon.

For another summertime staple, look no further than Moët’s innovative Ice rendition of its lagship Impérial, blended to be best enjoyed when served over ice. “For me, what makes Moët & Chandon special in Champagne is its place between contemporary and authentic,” Gouez says. “It’s a ine line to be deeply rooted and to express yourself in a unique way.”

Clearly, if anyone thought sitting at the top of the mountain has made Moët lose its hunger or drive, look at something like Moët Ice Impérial or the insanely indulgent MCIII and think again. “If you don’t change, you die,” Gouez says.


I High-Low Summertime Champagne Pairings

It’s never a bad choice to reach for a bottle of Champagne during a celebration. Why stop there, though? It’s more versatile than you may imagine, and that includes both the appropriate times and settings for a glass of bubbly, as well as what you can pair with one—like fried chicken, at any time of the day or night.

“Champagne is the perfect pairing,” says Chad Spangler, cofounder of Washington, D.C.’s Service Bar, where a bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée is matched on the menu in the “What the Cluck?” pairing with a bucket of fried chicken. “The carbonation changes the way our tongue senses and reacts to other flavors and fat. This, combined with the acidity, helps to enhance the flavor of the fried chicken, and the fat from the fried chicken helps to enhance the flavor of the Champagne.”

It’s also an excellent example of high-low pairing, wherein seemingly lowbrow or junk-food dishes stand perfectly side by side with a more prestigious o ering. “It is truly the prince flirting with the pauper,” Spangler says. “I think our mantra usually follows that we like to keep a casual attitude but seriously enjoy life’s luxuries. Sometimes those luxuries can be had without all the fuss that normally accompanies them.”

Gouez describes searching for all five flavors, including umami, in a pairing, while noting that the only one Champagne doesn’t o er is salt. “There’s a need to always find a dish with saltiness,” he says, referencing classic pairings such as oysters or caviar as cases in point. Beyond that, and also supporting the wonders of the fried-chicken-and-bubbles duo, remember that pairings almost always work best by showcasing simplicity. “The most important things—to be simple and salted,” Gouez says. “And sometimes most important is not ingredient, but texture.”

Try out some high-low at your next barbecue or beach outing by wielding the new Mini Moët Party Pack, a six-pack of personal-size Champagne bottles with a built-in ice bucket and golden flute toppers for sipping. —JE (Maxim USA)
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Joanna Krupa (Photographed by Alessandra Fiorini)

Joanna Krupa on work-life balance, animal rights, and living the American dream

“I’m a totally diferent person when the camera turns on,” says Joanna Krupa. It’s hard to imagine the powerhouse model, actress, and activist as anything other than the stunning woman you’ve seen in magazines and on TV, but Krupa prioritizes inding a balance between work and life. “I love my work, but when I’m home I turn of the business part and just get into my sweats, put my hair up, no makeup, and chill on the sofa without a care in the world.”

That’s not to say she’s taking it easy. Ater years spent traversing the globe, stints on Dancing with the Stars and The Real Housewives of Miami, and a longrunning gig as the face of Poland’s Next Top Model (she jokes that she’s the “Polish Tyra Banks”), Krupa still manages to ind time for her other passion: animal rights. “I have always loved animals, but it wasn’t until I learned about the horrible animal cruelty that goes on that I decided to spread awareness around the globe.” Krupa uses her considerable platform to advocate for those without a voice, famously posing for PETA and vofounding a nonproit organization, Angels for Animal Rescue.

In addition to her advocacy work, she’s about to start ilming season 7 of Poland’s Next Top Model and is in the process of developing a show about her life post-divorce, focusing on motivating others rather than dwelling on drama. Krupa is inspired by her mother, with whom she emigrated to the States from her native Poland when she was ive years old. “Watching her sacriice her life so she could put food on the table for us makes me respect hard work,” Krupa says. “I’ve accomplished things I never thought would be possible and could only dream of. I am living the American dream.” —Lucy Silberman (Maxim USA)

To help support Krupa’s nonproit, visit angelsforanimalrescue.org; 100 percent of proceeds go to animal rescue efforts.